Texas Lt. Governor responds to mass shooting not by suggesting more gun control but by blaming video games.

By |2019-08-04T17:54:29-08:00August 4th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |20 Comments


Courtesy of Mediaite:

Patrick noted that the Texas attack was “obviously a hate crime” against immigrants, before rejecting gun control as a solution, instead focusing on why social media and video games are the leading factor behind mass shootings.

“Why are we allowing young people or anyone to go to a website to learn and be killed and be praised to put this manifesto out. Why are we allowing our children… watching video games? Again, larger than the music industry and the movie industry combined. Are we ignoring that? This was maybe a video game to this evil demon. A video game to him. He has no sense of humanity, no sense of life. He wanted to be a super soldier, for his Call of Duty game, so we need to look at all of this and who we are and as long as we continue to only praise God and look at God on a Sunday morning and kick him out of the town square at our schools the other six days of the week, what do we expect? What do we expect? There’s no excuse for this. We condemn it totally but as a nation we have to look at this and leave all of the politics out of it.”

The El Paso shooter did make one reference to the video game Call of Duty in his so-called “manifesto,” but most of it was filled with rhetoric that was in lockstep with Donald Trump’s Twitter account. 

The guy was a white nationalist who admired other white nationalist mass murderers. 

His inspiration clearly did not come from first-person shooters, it came from domestic terrorists who looked and thought as he did. 

Also let me point out that video games are filled with cartoon violence where the protagonist dispatches his enemies, with cannon fire, giant swords, and of course magic. 

However nobody slaughters a mall full of people with giant swords or magic because that would be impossible. 

They choose readily available guns because this is America and gaining access to military-style weapons is a piece of cake. 

Dan Patrick is avoiding the obvious because he is paid by gun lobbyists to do just that. 

He does not offer a single workable solution to the real problem, and in fact chooses to stand in the way of real workable solutions because that is what he is paid to do. 

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20 Comments

  1. puck August 4, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    yuck.

  2. Anon August 4, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Video games are ok.

    Everyone knows it is 2% milk that is causing mass shootings.

  3. Paul August 4, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Well let’s see. Japan, Australia, England, and many other countries also have violent video games. They also don’t have prayers in public schools. And they don’t have mass shootings like we do in the U.S. So obviously, violent video games and lack of school prayers is not the cause. What do those three countries (and many others) have that we don’t have: Common sense gun control. The large majority of Americans – democrats, republicans and independents – are in favor of stricter gun control. Elected republicans and, sadly, some elected democrats, take their orders from the NRA, not from the citizens they were elected to represent.

  4. Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Hopefully, the Lt. Governor’s comments will help Texas turn blue!

  5. Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Dan Patrick is a dangerous sob. He’s a religious nut and also is about as dumb & fit for office like Louie Gohmert. I’m really concerned that he’ll have a long career in TX politics & that is a very scary thing.

  6. Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Video games. Mental health. Sure. The problem is always anything but the actual problem. GUNS! What kind and how easy it is to get them.

  7. Anonymous in Chicago August 4, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    We, as a society, cannot possibly be aware of every mentally ill individual in this country. We can however, have common sense gun control laws that will limit all individuals to access of guns that will help prevent these tragedies.

  8. Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Dan Patrick looks like the spawn of Mitch McConnell.

  9. Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    The republicans got the ‘talking points” passed out, this time it is video games, next time it will be violent books.

    I am sick and tired of their excuses, no one need an assault, war weapon to defend their home or go hunting.

    Where is the proof this”child” that killed all those people even watched video games, more likely he watched trump’s rallies.

    Yep, trump’s rallies are violent so lets ban them !!!

  10. Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    So Trump says hate doesn’t belong here.

    To which I reply, when are you leaving?

    Another of his legacies. Most mass killings under his watch of any president. And we still have a year and a half left.

    • POS-POTUS August 4, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Hopefully.

  11. Anonymously August 4, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Police release footage of moment Dayton gunman is shot dead by cops as he chases and shoots at screaming members of public after killing nine – including his sister – and injuring 27 with legally bought assault rife

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7320897/Police-release-footage-moment-Dayton-gunman-shot-dead-cops-chases-screaming-passersby.html

  12. Anonymously August 4, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    John Legend speaks

    ‘The President regularly inspires killers’: John Legend slams Donald Trump in the wake of gun massacres in El Paso and Dayton – and says he is ‘part of the problem’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7320515/The-President-regularly-inspires-killers-John-Legend-slams-Donald-Trump-gun-massacres.html

  13. Anonymously August 4, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    NYT issues scathing editorial demanding mass shootings henceforth be referred to and treated as terrorism

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/nyt-issues-scathing-editorial-demanding-mass-shootings-henceforth-be-referred-to-and-treated-as-terrorism/

  14. Is Trippp A Father? August 5, 2019 at 1:28 am

    The sides of his face fall away like loose gravel shoulders on a road.

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